Hi there! On HGTV's Hit Reality TV Show Design Star I sew, nail and saw my way through some pretty tough challenges, but design doesn't have to be hard! I believe in combining simple, timeless design ingredients to create what I call "Design Recipes". Thank you so much for stopping by Design Recipes. I hope you find this to be a truly awesome website and resource full of design tips, articles, interesting podcasts, how-to videos and of course design recipes galore! I invented Design Recipes simply because I love sharing my ideas!
For years I collected design magazines, tagged and clipped pages with inspirational images and did nothing! That's because I didn't have the resource information so I could purchase the beautiful furniture I was seeing on the pages of the magazines! With Design Recipes, I SHARE how the room was executed, giving you the basic design tools needed for you to recreate the same look on your own and best of all I give you all of the resource information! Enjoy your Design Recipes! No recipe is the same and I would love to hear your comments and questions.
East Meets West.
I love using Asian influences in my design work. I love to travel and involve global influences into my designs. One way for you to do this in your own home is to incorporate your inspirations into accessories. In this space strong woods dominate with a touch of Asian "whimsy" visible through table lamps with rice paper shades and an iron circular wall hanging.
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Which is why I became fascinated with home staging. For me it has been a wonderful addition to my interior design business. I just love home staging, especially the dramatic before and after transformations! I am honored to have been selected by Certified Staging Professionals (CSP) the leader in home staging education and certification to be one of their instructors.
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I have to admit I was errr a reluctant blogger to say the least. I was just like what is the point?! Then I began to actually "do" it and I am now an avid fan of blogging and I hope you will be too! I use my Design Recipes blog as a way to keep all of my design recipes fans in the loop with all of my design favs. From my favorite stores, design tips, interesting fabrics, to cool boutiques I stumble upon while on vacation in exotic locations I share it! Readers can also learn do-it-yourself interior design, home staging and affordable design techniques, plus, yes, I also post announcements and updates so that all of you can know what I'm up to.
http://cathyhobbs.wordpress.com/ is the link if you want to help spread the word!
Answer: Turquoise is indeed on trend for this season. I say turquoise is like a great black dress, you can dress it up and you can dress it down. You can pair turquoise with let's say a bright orange and use in a children's room or pair with a charcoal gray and make it more formal for a living room.
Answer: This is a great question. I am truly a fan of color as well and believe that nearly every color can be used. I have seen black accent walls, all chocolate bathrooms etc. Below please find a great example of experimenting with color in which I created an all Orange and White study. Go ahead have fun with color! Cathy
Answer: I believe so. Remember there are only a certain number of them such as blue being opposite orange, violet being opposite yellow, and red being opposite green. You can also often use shades and tones of these colors. A great example is this room I designed in eggplant and orange. So feel free to experiment! Cathy